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Old 08-25-2016, 08:09 AM   #11
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Why you should never disconnect your propane alarm

I found this post on this forum:

"Why you never camp without propane alarm
I ran across this tragedy while doing research on something else. After some site team discussion, we have decided to post it as reminder on why you should never disconnect your propane detector, and to always make sure it is in working order. It just takes something as simple as the following accident, and it's over.

Please do not take this thread into other things, nor be disrespectful to the people involved. Hopefully, this will make us take pause and remind ourselves how fast something can happen....and that is the reason we are posting this.

I know I have personally bumped my stove and accidently turned on the gas when carrying a big box by it.



The accident occurred during the early morning hours of January 2, 2000. Earlier in the prior evening, Emery Thibodeaux and his girlfriend, Carla Credeur, hosted a small gathering at Emery’s camper on the Acadiana Campground. Emery’s parents, Anatole and Ella Mae, as well as Matt and
Laura Cormier attended. Ms. Credeur stated that everyone was standing in the kitchen area or seated at the dinette table. She remembers Emery and Ella Mae Thibodeaux leaning against the camper’s stove. The party broke up some time around 10:00 p.m., and Emery and Carla went to bed.

At approximately 10:00 a.m. the next morning, Emery awoke and told Carla
he was going to the restroom. He left the bedroom then returned to get a cigarette lighter. Emery went into the kitchen area to smoke. Carla stated that she then heard a loud noise followed by Emery calling her name. When she got to the bedroom door, she saw that Emery was on fire. He grabbed a fire extinguisher and sprayed himself and Carla. The couple then exited the trailer. Emergency personnel arrived and transported both of them to Lafayette General Hospital. They were then transferred to the Burn Unit at Baton Rouge General Hospital. On January 8, 2000, Emery died from the burns he sustained.

Fire investigators discovered that one of the knobs of the camper stove was in the “on” position allowing propane to fill the camper. The propane then combusted when Emery lit the cigarette lighter. Subsequently, it was discovered that, at the time of the investigation, the wiring connecting the propane detector to its power source was disconnected. Carla told the investigators that Emery did this while on a previous camping trip because the alarm was activated by Carla’s hairspray. The investigators believed that the detector remained disconnected;"


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Old 08-25-2016, 08:43 AM   #12
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You say you do not know what is causing the alarm, therefore it could be.
1. A propane leak
2. CO build up
3. low battery voltage
4. a defective alarm
5. false trigger ( steam, hairspray, any spray can, lysol, dog passing gas)

If the problem is #1 or #2 you are jeopardizing the health/lives of your family by disconnecting. If you must disconnect, please purchase a standalone aftermarket unit from a retail store ( HD, Lowes, Wally world) and install immediately.


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Old 08-25-2016, 08:51 AM   #13
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We are going to purchase separate alarms to install. I bellringer the unit is defective since it goes off when there isn't anything running except electric and all windows and doors are open even in our driveway at home. Off to Walmart we will go!
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"I BELIEVE the unit is defective"
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Old 08-25-2016, 09:13 AM   #15
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I think by buying new units, you've made the best decision for your safety.
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Old 08-25-2016, 09:34 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by Davidceder View Post
Disconnecting it is not a good idea. Replace the thing..............

Stop at a pet store and buy a canary until you can replace it.
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Old 08-27-2016, 10:19 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by Still Kickin View Post
Stop at a pet store and buy a canary until you can replace it.
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Old 08-28-2016, 06:08 PM   #18
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We bought a battery operated Kidde detector and never had another annoying falls alarm. Funny all the co2 detectors say NOT to place then in a kitchen or garage and it was put right under the refrigerator in the kitchen/garage of our toy hauler. I put the new detector in the bedroom and all is well now.

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